P.S. - FYI - Here's a creative take on the situation in New Orleans that you probably won't hear from any TV pundits...
Thanks for posting Van's e-mail, Starchild. My take is that the
reason Van's ideas will not be implemented is that the politicians
would never permit that kind of self sufficiency. What would happen
to their empire if people did say forget (Van used a better word) the
Daddy State, we can take care of ourselves. We should really start
posting e-mails/blogs such as Van's in liberal-leaning lists, where
we might open some eyes.
P.S. - FYI - Here's a creative take on the situation in New Orleans
that you probably won't hear from any TV pundits...
From: Van <vangelis@q...>
Date: Sun Sep 4, 2005 5:11:14 PM US/Pacific
Subject: [ca-liberty] Nola - WWJGD?
Just fielding a crazy idea.
People are starving around Nola now. People lack shelter. People
Most importantly, these people lack the money to acquire or produce
things.. at least, according to the minimum standards of govt
Democrats want to bankrupt the nation by spending $billions
everything all nice and shiny new.
Republicans don't want to do much at all - something about "blacks
Environmental extremists and extremist Christians are even cheering
harmony. Both seem to revel, for their own reasons, in the idea
End Might Finally Be Nigh.
What would John Galt do? B-)
We've all seen the images of war-torn 3rd world nations. We've
We've seen what people do - in positive ways - to survive, when
nothing but scrap and dregs. They roll back the clock.. decades,
if necessary.. and they make do the old fashioned way.
I see homes out there smashed down by storm surge, into mere piles
lumber. I see alligators circling in the lake, smelling the bodies.
So collect some lumber, and start a fire. Anyone who says "It cant
it's all wet" has never dried rain-soaked logs in front of a
hour before feeding them in. Besides, we know the wood will burn -
city is already burning.
Now you've got fire - you can boil water. Not the chemical
in town,but you can bucket-line it from the lake.
Heck, slap a hood vent over that and duct it over to a crude tarp-
collect the condensation that pours off the bottom edges. Viola,
man's water distillery - now you've got a clean water factory.
Screw the $millions pouring in - only in America does everything
so expensive that it cant get done. Remember all that scrap lumber
around? Give these people hammers and buckets of nails, and
themselves a city of shacks same as those old coots out in the
buildin' for 200 years.
Building codes? FUCK the building codes - fuck the labor unions,
everyone that has the gall to stand between victims of a natural
and survival *by honest means*.
Silly? As a kid, I built some serious lean-to and tree forts down
the river without even knowing what "power tools" were. I could
plywood and 2x4 Hilton today.
I see gators prowling Lake Ponchartrain. Bring in a few hunters
boats, ropes, and hunting rifles. I've had gator - it's kind of
but it's not bad. Just assembly-line those bad boys straight back
campfire, and people will be eating again, for pennies a day.
Don't tell me that's silly. People hunt gators for food all the
Survival in an area like that isn't easy, but there's people doing
around and on less money than FEMA probably spends just on coffee.
Would it be grand? Just go out there and start Galtville, right on
outskirts. It could spread like wildfire, once people saw there
to reclaim not only their lives, but also their dignity.
I'd do it myself, but.. well.. I'm busy just paying rent. But it's
charity I'd definitely donate to.
Yeah, it's a crazy idea. It's a crazy problem too. You think
life in the Astrodome is better?
> Hello Sweetie Cats
> I know I help with a benefit or two a month, so a lot of you get
> request for
> help from me fairly frequently; and I truly appreciate the help
> given to various charities and causes (not just the ones I worked
> but all
> of the ones that you all have helped).
> But this cause hits home for me, cause New Orleans is my birth
> My family that still lives down there - got out of the city and
> safer and better locations (though not the most ideal) then so
> There is no way to miss knowing how bad it is in New Orleans 7
> Mississippi right now and will be for some time to come.
> Anyway, I'm asking people if they can to:
> 1) Encourage folks on their emails list to donate to Red Cross
> other non
> profit charities that are aiding the hurricane victims (but to
> they are legit. While looking for benefits to help out with - I
> to find fake groups.)
> 2) I'm helping collect raffle/ auction prizes for four days of
> fundraising for Rainbow World Fund to be divided equally between
> Famine Relief in Niger and Katrina Relief- the weekend of
> November 10th through 13th.
> (Sister Kitty - who I trust completely, hooked me up with this
> And also, Pirate Cat radio's benefit for the Red Cross on
> 11th at
> the 12 Galaxies. SF- needs raffle donations and such.
> 3) Also (especially for you folks in San Francisco with venues or
> access to
> them) - I'd like to put together a benefit for the Red Cross in
> and would like help with that.
> If you can give any help it would be great; I know there are so
> out there and it is hard to help with them all.
> Thank you
> Have a beautiful and creative day.
> (artist resources and love)
> (415) 242-1447
> Victims of Hurricane Katrina Need Your Help Now.
> Please Donate to the Red Cross!
> Something funny - cause so much stuff isn't:
> My rants and tales: -